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Shadow and Shape: An Introduction to Monotype · Jessie Van der LaanPrintmaking

Workshop at a glance

Create multi-layered monotypes using simple stencils and relief techniques.


  • Stencil creation
  • Ghost printing
  • Simple relief techniques
  • Registration techniques
  • Monotype printing


  • Paper
  • Fabric
  • Found materials
  • Bristol board
  • Ink


  • A suite of related monotypes
  • Simple relief techniques
  • Color theory
  • Use of transparency

Artist Bio

Jessie Van der Laan was born in 1980 in Denver, CO. She received her B.F.A in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis (2002) and her M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2009). Her interdisciplinary work is informed by her training as a printmaker, and a childhood spent knitting, sewing, drawing, and day­dreaming. Her current work investigates memory, motherhood, identity through imagery that is shifted, interrupted, and repeated. She is currently developing a series of prints at Relay Ridge of Knoxville, in thanks to her 2023-2024 Bailey Artist’s Grant. She has shown her work in numerous national and regional exhibitions, including solo shows at Lindenwood University and Moberly Community College of Missouri, the Rose Center for the Arts in Morristown, TN, at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN, and Mighty Mud Gallery in Knoxville, TN. She makes her work at The England Studio, in Knoxville, TN, and is an Associate Professor of Art and Assistant Dean of Humanities at Walters State Community College in Morristown, TN. She lives with her husband and two children. jessievanderlaan.com

  • Jessie Van der Laan
  • Jessie Van der Laan
  • Jessie Van der Laan
  • Jessie Van der Laan

Workshop Description

This workshop will explore relief monotype techniques, using stencils, ghost printing, and multiple layers. Emphasis will be on exploration and improvisation, using simple matrixes. Stencils will be created in class, and students are welcome to bring additional materials to play with at the press. (Materials should be flexible, like paper, lace, fabric, or plant materials and the student should be willing to get them inky.) Leave the workshop with a set of related monotypes and a love for repetition and variation!

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